It was colour and music to celebrate Gudi Padva, the beginning of the new year but also floats with Shivaji, cannons and men dressed as Indian army soldiers
The group removed the bust of Ram Ganesh Gadkari from a park in Pune because they felt a play he wrote about a 100 years ago ‘insulted’ Shivaji’s son Sambhaji.
The fishermen fear that the project will affect the coastal area near Mumbai, threaten the natural aquatic ecosystem and consequently affect their livelihood.
More than a colossal waste of public money, the proposed statue represents the contempt India’s rulers have for the people in whose name they govern.
Those who claim that India is the product of just one religion and culture would do well to read Sunil Khilnani’s eclectic selection of fifty lives who show that India has always absorbed myriad influences, says Sidharth Bhatia.
In conversation with Sunil Khilnani on his new book, Incarnations, and what he hopes this work will mean for how India and the world perceive Indian history.
Historians should reject both excessive focus on precolonial Islamic violence, as well as a secular whitewashing that is insensitive to local memories and histories.
Bhimsen is distressed that landowners are exploiting the peasantry, there are defections to the Marathas, and lawlessness in the countryside. But there is little evidence in his book of the anti-Hindu policies attributed to Aurangzeb today.
For centuries, different groups have tried to appropriate Shivaji, often for their own political purposes
The Maharashtra government’s controversial award to a writer shows how the state is divided among two socially regressive formations